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Our Genealogical Helper for Silver Lake ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Silver Lake (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Silver Lake. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Silver Lake ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Silver Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Silver Lake: Silver Lk.

Newspapers Published in Silver Lake ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 98 newspapers that have been published in the area around Silver Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Silver Lake, there are papers which were published within 31 miles [49.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Silver Lake.

Cemeteries Near Silver Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Silver Lake.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Silver Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Silver Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Tower Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rosin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Meadowview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Whittle & Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Lone Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSW Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Little Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  SSW Rose Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snow Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Silver Lake had a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Silver Lake, with the one closest to Silver Lake listed first.

Toutle   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Toutle had a post office and no railroad service
Sightly   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Silver Lake
 - Sightly had a post office and no railroad service
Castle Rock   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 681 people (with 2,234 people in 2017)
 - Castle Rock had a post office and no railroad service
Toledo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 276 people (with 751 people in 2017)
 - Toledo had a post office and no railroad service
Olequa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 46 people
 - Olequa had a post office and railroad service
Lexington   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Silver Lake
 - Lexington had a post office and no railroad service
Cowlitz   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 375 people
 - Cowlitz had a post office and no railroad service
Kelso   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Silver Lake
 - 1895 population of 354 people (with 12,130 people in 2017)
 - Kelso had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Silver Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Silver Lake in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Silver Lake is located in Cowlitz County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cowlitz County: Columbia (OR), Clark, Lewis, Skamania & Wahkiakum.

Below are the counties that are near Silver Lake. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Silver Lake:

Cowlitz     (The home county for Silver Lake)
      Toutle   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Castle Rock   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ostrander   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Longview Heights   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kelso   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rose Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Longview   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Longview   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ryderwood   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Carrolls   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kalama   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ariel   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      La Center   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Amboy   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ridgefield   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Yacolt   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Heisson   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cherry Grove   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lewisville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Battle Ground   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dollar's Corner   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kumtux   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meadow Glade   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Vista   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Grays Harbor
      Chehalis Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Toledo   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Vader   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Winlock   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ethel   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Urban   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Salkum   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Silver Creek   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lacamas   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Onalaska   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Napavine   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mossyrock   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ajlune   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alder   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bucoda   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grand Mound   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tenino   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Independence   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rochester   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rainier   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      East Cathlamet   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cathlamet   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Skamokawa   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grays River   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clatsop (OR)
      Westport (OR)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifton (OR)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brownsmead (OR)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Columbia (OR)
      Rainier (OR)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prescott (OR)   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Beaver Springs (OR)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clatskanie (OR)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Deer Island (OR)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Columbia City (OR)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saint Helens (OR)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Warren (OR)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vernonia (OR)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scappoose (OR)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Silver Lake, see our County-by-County Page for Silver Lake.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Silver Lake:

These websites are specific to Washington:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Washington State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Washington to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Cowlitz County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Clark County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grays Harbor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pierce County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Thurston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wahkiakum County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clatsop County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Columbia County (OR):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Washington:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Cowlitz County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Washington     Cemetery Wiki for Washington
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Washington,     of Cowlitz County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Washington
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Silver Lake ...

While our initial data for Silver Lake came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Silver Lake in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Silver Lake.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Silver Lake:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Express Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Silver Lake.
      See our Misc Page for Silver Lake for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Washington

About Cowlitz County

About Washington

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Silver Lake. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Cowlitz County:

The official website for State of Washington:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance beginning in Silver Lake. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Silver Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Silver Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Silver Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Silver Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.3091, Longitude: -122.7621     [Map].

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Silver Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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